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Ron Myhr commented on Charlie Bermant's blog post 'Neil Young's Pono-graphic Priesthood'
"It's easy to create flac files from CDs -- use a utility like dBpoweramp (strange name and I can never remember where the caps are supposed to be, but it really is the best, and the basic version is free) to rip the CDs and you have your choice…"
Mar 20
Joe Gorfinkle commented on Charlie Bermant's blog post 'Neil Young's Pono-graphic Priesthood'
"FYI FLAC has been around for a while..ask a Phish or Dead fan.."
Mar 20
Joe Gorfinkle commented on Charlie Bermant's blog post 'Neil Young's Pono-graphic Priesthood'
"Pono is just a way to get it started. FLAC is the real  thing of importance and getting Record companies to sell in FLAC format. You can already get FLAC transcoding software and players for Mac and Windows...if you have a home recording rig…"
Mar 20
Easy Ed commented on Charlie Bermant's blog post 'Neil Young's Pono-graphic Priesthood'
"The labels own the recordings. They will either choose to release them or license them to another entity. The watchdogs are the dollar bills inside your wallet."
Mar 20
BillyBobJoe commented on Charlie Bermant's blog post 'Neil Young's Pono-graphic Priesthood'
"So....who are going to be THE WATCHDOGS for the quality of the new Format? Are we to leave it to the labels themselves when they submit titles to PONO? As we saw decades ago, (according to the Music Industry) Compact Discs were going to be the best…"
Mar 20
Big Bend Records commented on Charlie Bermant's blog post 'Neil Young's Pono-graphic Priesthood'
"Interesting.  I love Neil - I wanted to BE Neil when I was growing up - much to my father's chagrin.  As mentioned by Rich Barrow above, it's pretty easy to get high-res music now through various online stores (HD Tracks, Blue…"
Mar 19
Paul Dionne commented on Charlie Bermant's blog post 'Neil Young's Pono-graphic Priesthood'
"There's a lot of misunderstanding here - Pono is simply a media files player like an ipod; it is not magically going to enhance mp3 files; what it does do is be able to play hi res media files in a portable format. Shitty mp3 files are still…"
Mar 19
Matthew Francis Andersen commented on Charlie Bermant's blog post 'Neil Young's Pono-graphic Priesthood'
"Am I missing something here? Is the Pono player itself (the hardware) all that is needed in order to experience such audio ecstasy? Is it simply like buying another iPod or MP3 player? That is, once the Pono is bought, will every digitized cd I own…"
Mar 18
Jeff Fister commented on Charlie Bermant's blog post 'Neil Young lets us ride his new Pono'
"I wouldn't assume Neil had the cash to do it himself. I just read his autobio... dude has a lot of overhead."
Mar 18
rheis commented on Charlie Bermant's blog post 'Neil Young lets us ride his new Pono'
"Err, hold on! There's no-one more passionate about music than me but I won't buy Pono cos I can't afford it and the albums are too expensive. Plus, download speeds in my neck-of-the-woods are too slow for massive FLAC files and…"
Mar 18
Jack commented on Charlie Bermant's blog post 'Neil Young lets us ride his new Pono'
"I still haven't updated to iPod, so maybe I'm the wrong guy to say Pono reminds me of DAT tapes and players.  Limited utility to address a current gap between MP3 and what might come next."
Mar 18
Jim Capozziello commented on Charlie Bermant's blog post 'Neil Young lets us ride his new Pono'
"from what I understand, you can play current music (mp3s) on Pono -- and it will sound better than played on your iPod. I love my music, and any chance to upgrade sound quality is welcome. I do not have "disposable" income but will…"
Mar 18
Charles Holley commented on Charlie Bermant's blog post 'Neil Young lets us ride his new Pono'
"Looks like a toy for those rich enough to buy ancient Telecasters and Les Pauls."
Mar 18
Ron Myhr commented on Charlie Bermant's blog post 'Neil Young lets us ride his new Pono'
"I agree with Ed, it's easy to be amused by "audiophiles" going on about resolution, and the million other variables that theoretically have such a profound effect.  It's all kind of silly.  But there IS a kernel of…"
Mar 17
Karl Fritz commented on Charlie Bermant's blog post 'Neil Young lets us ride his new Pono'
"Really, all the carry on about replacing collections!?! It is a very simple process to rip one's cds as FLAC files. It will only cost time. Start with your faves and go from there. There is no urgency to the task. I'm not sure of the…"
Mar 17
RP N10 commented on Charlie Bermant's blog post 'Neil Young lets us ride his new Pono'
"@ Hal you're going to the wrong shows. Live sound is pretty good these days especially in the smaller venues. What is more intriguing to me is we've apparently never heard the music as the artist intended, which may mean that once we do we…"
Mar 16

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Neil Young's Pono-graphic Priesthood

Neil Young’s Pono Music format is in the middle of a wildly successful  Kickstarter campaign, raising nearly $3 million and exceeding the $800,000 goal in the first two days. Accordingly, all of the really cool incentives are already gone.

It’s hard not to get excited about this format that blends vinyl's superior sound quality and the iTunes'…

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Posted on March 14, 2014 at 7:00am — 32 Comments

Stop and Smell the Vinyl

BREAKING NEWS— On April 1 ABCKO records will release Herman’s Hermits: The American Albums, an eight-CD box set that replicates all of the band’s LPS as released in the United States from 1965 to 1969, complete with original liner notes and, considering the expected audience demographics, a custom magnifying glass.

This could actually happen. While there is a resurgence in vinyl and a continuing interest in 1960s releases, replicating them on…

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Posted on February 26, 2014 at 9:30pm — 4 Comments

The Best Beatles Album Ever

In recent weeks I have walked the vinyl path, striving for a less complicated life, recently selecting the Beatles 1966 mashup, Yesterday and Today. This record is best known as the second to last American Beatles release to significantly differ from the original British version and is almost universally disrespected, mostly because its censoring of a then daring pop-art…

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Posted on December 30, 2013 at 7:30pm — 4 Comments

Graham Nash's Magical History Tour

When future Hollies Allan Clarke and Graham Nash were  teenagers they approached the Everly Brothers after a concert and it changed their lives. Don and Phil, then huge stars, spent some time with Allan and Graham encouraging their musical ambitions. "They had no idea they were teaching me a life lesson," recalled Nash, who used the instance as a guideline as to how he would treat his own fans, if he ever got any.

Nash's path took him to where he…

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Posted on November 24, 2013 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

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At 9:37pm on January 13, 2012, Maureen said…

Hi Charlie,  Thanks for your reply!  I've heard of Port Townsend's Fiddle Tunes festival.  I've always wanted to go there.  We'd be very interested in applying to go.  If you can give any tips on how to do that I'll pass them to our friend Jim Roe who is finding gigs for the band.  Thanks very much.  If you'd like to hear the band this Sunday night, ConcertWeb.com is airing their show live -- this is the first time we've done this.  Should be fun.  Best wishes -- Maureen

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